NBL Preview – Under 16s versus Gloster Jets

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s Preview vs Gloster November 2013 1Dorset Storms Under 16s National League side are in action this weekend as they travel to Cirencester to take on Gloster Jets this weekend. The team head into the game on the back of good performance against Cardiff last weekend, where they were dominant defensively and that is something that forward Daniel Riggs thought was key when reflecting on his teams display:

“Against Stroud this weekend we started off with good intensity on defence contesting shots, keeping their players out of the key and boxing out well. A few silly mistakes creeped there way into our defence in the second quarter, although they were quickly set right as we put more pressure on the ball and created easy layups from steals.”

Storm not only played with relentless intensity at the defensive end of the court the team also produced an accomplished offensive performance, with just five turnovers, some sharp shooting and unselfish team play standing out from the game as Riggs highlighted:

“Our offence continued to flow smoothly throughout the game as we often split the defence and found the open man for an open jump shot.”

Indeed Storm once again had a great scoring spread with all 10 players scoring and five hitting double figures.  The teams unselfish play also saw 29 assists dished out as the players continually made the smart play and got the balance right between passing and attacking the basket off the dribble.

Storm will need to be at their very best this weekend as they take on the table topping Gloster side who will be looking to bounce back after a surprise defeat last weekend.  Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s Preview vs Gloster November 2013 2Storm know that they will face a well drilled and disciplined side that will look to set the tone for the whole 40 minutes on their home court.  Riggs though is confident that he and his team mates will be able to take the lesson learnt over the season so far and put in another competitive display:

“The main point to take through to next weeks game is the intensity on defence and drive to attack the basket for all 40 minutes of the game.  If we continue to play with intensity on defence, keeping them out of the key and boxing out we will always put ourselves in competitive position.”

The coaching staff will be hopeful of having a good week at training as they look to select a team from the whole squad for this weekends game.

Team from: Jack Axon, Harry Batson, Bradley Bennett, George Davey, Christian Farah, Harry Jackson, Deividas Ilveris, Nathan Mahiney, Adriel Maranan, Seth Nay, Marc Negrillo, Harvey Nichols, Daniel Riggs, Tom Storey, Will Taylor and Josh Westlake.